The Wall


A journalist was assigned to the Jerusalem bureau of his newspaper. He got an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. Whenever he looked at the wall he saw an old Jewish man praying and wondered whether there was a story there.

He went to the wall and said, “You come to this wall every day. What are you praying for?”

The old man replied, “I pray for world peace, then I pray for the brotherhood of man. I go home, have a glass of tea, and then I come back to the wall to pray for the eradication of illness and disease.”

The journalist was taken by the old man’s sincerity and persistence. “You mean you have been coming to the wall to pray every day for these things?”

The old man nodded.

“How long have you been doing this?”

The man replied, “About 25 years.”

The amazed journalist asked, “How does it feel to come and pray every day for 25 years for the same things?”

The old man said, “It feels like I’m talking to a wall.”

Here’s the good news. Whether you feel like you are talking to the wall, the ceiling, or the hand, Someone is always listening. And he is glad to hear your voice.

The Bible says, “The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up” (James 5:15).


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